There’s hardly a person who doesn’t know Toyota or Nissan. But it hasn’t always been this way. In the US, before 1958 only a handful of people held their hands on the wheel of a Toyota or Datsun – the export name of Nissan.
Officially, both brands entered the US market on January 9, 1958, at the Los Angeles Imported Car Show, featuring Toyopet Crown and Datsun-1000.
The American drivers and auto critics alike weren’t impressed by Toyopet. Although marketed to the ... Continue Reading →
No matter how much people say they don’t care about cars, many gawk at the sight of a great vehicle. However, I have yet to find a proper definition of what constitutes such a car. It does not seem to be anything objective, but rather a matter of opinion.
One of the greatest things about the automotive world is the variety. Whether you are a classic vehicle enthusiast or you enjoy sports cars, you can find your niche. Yet, it does ... Continue Reading →
Mercedes-Benz C111 – an iconic supercar that never made it to an assembly line, an impossible dream for many an enthusiast.
Mercedes introduced its innovative concept car at the 1969 Frankfurt motor show. Nothing short of spectacular, the sleek and edgy C111 virtually stole the show and instantly became a dream for many. Rumor has it, the company received various blank checks from eager enthusiasts anxious to park the new Mercedes masterpiece in their driveway.
But for the ... Continue Reading →
166 MM Touring Barchetta may not be the first Ferrari, but, undoubtedly, it is the car that put Enzo Ferrari’s company on the map of motorsport.
Launched in September of 1948 at the Turin Motor Show, 166 MM made the hearts of many enthusiasts roar with awe and admiration.
In April 1949, two feather-light and extremely dynamic barchettas scored first and second at the iconic Mille Miglia. Then Luigi Chinetti triumphed at Le Mans 24 Hours. And the ... Continue Reading →
Lamborghini Espada may not be the most attractive car on the planet, but when you see it, you cannot ignore it. It’s just one of these cars that you can’t stop staring at.
Espada was Lamborghini’s intent at creating a family Grand Touring car, designed to unlock your family’s spirit of adventure. Just imagine piercing through highways in a car, whose looks were inspired by the matador’s sword, marveling at the soundtrack of its revving V12. Not ... Continue Reading →
If you’ve been trying to decide whether to buy a car or a boat, then Amphicar may just be the solution to your dilemma. The brainchild of Hanns Trippel and descendant of the military Schwimmwagen, Amphicar was the world’s first mass-produced amphibious vehicle.
In 1961, “The car that swims” made a splash at the 1961 New York Auto Show. And although the idea of the amphibious vehicle may have sounded fascinating, it was not enough to entice the American drivers. Between ... Continue Reading →
Under the motto “Space, Spirit, Splendor,” 1960 Chevy Impala received new features like an electric brake parking light, electric clock, and back-up lights. Cruise control and a six-way power seat were also among the newly added elements. Let’s not forget the “Speedminder” – a short-lived, but useful feature that would buzz when the driver exceeded a pre-set speed limit. The Chevy design team also replaced the flamboyant cats’-eyes-resembling tail lights with the more traditional round lenses.
The car has gone through ... Continue Reading →
On October 24, 1975, John DeLorean – a handsome engineer and automobile industry executive founded The DeLorean Motor Company (DMC). The company’s less-than-a-decade-history was anything but a smooth ride.
DMC went bankrupt in 1982, and the U.S. government charged its founder with cocaine trafficking (following trial, the court acquitted John DeLorean of all charges). The DMC’s only produced automobile ended up an underdog among sports/GT cars and received heavy critique for lack of power and practicality as ... Continue Reading →
However, it does not have to be a burden if you are willing to search a bit more and make a few compromises. Very often, the second-hand market offers high-performance classic cars at a fraction of their regular price.
We have looked around and found five cheap yet, high-quality muscle cars, which can serve you as a starting point.
This car was ... Continue Reading →
This is why I find it fascinating that although cars dominate the scene, their kind varies from country to country. The Lada Zhiguli that we have transported from Europe makes this crystal clear. The model can be seen quite frequently in the Eastern parts of the Old Continent. Here in the States though? You can probably count them on your fingers!
Of course, you can expect that with vintage cars. We have some that Europeans want and ... Continue Reading →